Asan in the News

[SBS]   2013-12-27

Seoul cancels defense meetings with Tokyo following war shrine row

Dr. Bong Youngshik, Director of the Center for Foreign Policy, discussed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Yasukuni Shrine. Dr. Bong expressed pessimism about any significant improvement in Korea-Japan relations next year given the strong  political position PM Abe currently enjoys domestically.

(This article is in Korean.)

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Bong Youngshik
Bong Youngshik

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. BONG Youngshik is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Bong was an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He was also a Freeman Post-doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College and an assistant professor of Korean Studies at Williams College. His research interests include the interplay between nationalism and security issues such as historical and territorial issues in East Asia, anti-Americanism, and the ROK-US Alliance. He is the author of “Past Is Still Present: The San Francisco System and a Multilateral Security Regime in East Asia,” Korea Observer (2010) and co-editor of Japan in Crisis: What It Will Take for Japan to Rise Again? (with T.J. Pempel, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2012). Dr. Bong received his B.A. in political science from Yonsei University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.